This video explains how to access the full version of Teams, which requires an Office 365 Business or Enterprise account. There are some important variables that should be considered before you try to sign into Teams. Take a tour of the interface to get familiar with the layout.
- [Narrator] In this movie, we will see how to access Teams if you have an Office 365 account. Most users of Microsoft Teams have been assigned an Office 365 account by their employer or school. If this is what you have, then somebody in your company's IT or HR department will assign your account to you and your teammates and offer support. This Office 365 account gives you access to the full version of Teams and lots of other services as well. There is also a free version of Teams, but we're going to look at that in a separate movie. So if you have your Office 365 account, you can go here to office.com and click the button here to sign in. Then you'll just sign in with the email address for your Office account and then you'll need to put in your password. Click sign in and that will take you to this landing page where you can see a bunch of links to different Office 365 services. Now one of these buttons here should be for Teams. If you don't see it there, you can go to the app chooser by clicking this button in the top left corner that looks like a waffle and you should see a button for Teams there. Or if you want a shortcut, you can go directly teams.microsoft.com. Now of course if you're not already signed into your Office 365 account, you'll be prompted to sign in here. But since I'm already signed in, it will take me straight to the Teams interface. Now you may see this screen which is basically recommending that you download the desktop application, we'll talk about that in a moment, but if you prefer to use the web interface, you can just click this link that says use web app instead and that takes me here to the Teams interface. And this is going to look the same whether you're on Mac or Windows. Now as I said, the website is not the only place to access Teams. There's also a desktop application as well. If you did not see that screen prompting you to download the desktop application, you could go to the main menu by clicking this icon in the top right corner and then you should see a link here to download the desktop application. So you can download that and install it whether you're on Windows or Mac. Now I already have the desktop application downloaded and installed, so I'm going to launch it. So I'll just go to the start menu. you'll find it under this folder labeled Microsoft Corporation and then you can click on that to open up Teams. And of course, you will need to sign into your Office 365 account in the application if you're using that. So I'll put in my email address for my account and then my password. And I wanted to do this so you can see that you can use either the web interface or the desktop application, but it's also very important to see that the interface is nearly identical between the two. So you can really just choose the one that you prefer. But let's take a quick look around the interface here just to get settled. So I'm going to maximize this window and we'll take a quick look around. Now there's this sidebar on the left which is very important. That's where you see some buttons that take you to the different sections in the Teams interface. We're going to spend some time with most of these, but chat, teams, and meetings are where most people will spend their time. Of course the interface changes with each of these different sections so we'll tackle each of those as we go through the course. Now up at the top right corner of the window, you should see that icon that you can click on to open up this menu. It's the same as what we saw over in the web interface. Click on that and it opens up this main menu. So this is where you go to sign out of your account if you need to do that, and there are a bunch of settings that you can adjust, but we'll cover those later in the course as well. So now you should be able to start working with Microsoft Teams. If you are not able to sign into Teams, then you should work with your company's Office 365 administrator, somebody in your IT department or HR department. There is a movie on administrator settings later in this course which may help your administrator if they have problems enabling Teams for your organization.
- Touring the interface
- Creating teams and adding members
- Sending, receiving, editing, and deleting messages
- Using chats for private messages
- Managing and deleting teams, channels, and conversations
- Scheduling a meeting and inviting attendees
- Sharing files
- Customizing channel tabs
- Using apps, bots, and connectors to add extra functionality
- Adjusting user settings
- Accessing administrator settings
- Using the mobile app for iOS and Android